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The Four Seasons by Candelight @ The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 9th Nov 2013 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye
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There’s nothing like candlelight to create a calm and warm atmosphere and last night’s concert set the scene for a wonderful relaxing evening.  Of course with health and safety concerns, the candelabras were electric, but they still created the perfect ambience.  I was delighted to see the Moscow Festival Orchestra arrive on stage in full 18th Century costume, which also added to the mood.  I could imagine myself sitting in the drawing room of a stately home as a guest of Lord and Lady Farquhar, being entertained after a sumptuous banquet.

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The Conductor/Violinist/Director/Narrator for the evening was internationally acclaimed violinist David Juritz.  Born in Cape Town, South Africa David won a scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and came to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Hugh Bean and Jaroslav Vanecek. During his time at the RCM he won all the major prizes for violin including the college’s highest award, the Tagore Gold Medal.  He has since toured the world with The English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players amongst others and has directed the Royal Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Johan Strauss Orchestra.  In 2007 he busked 60,000 miles around the world to raise money for his new charity Musequality.  Further information can be found on his website www.davidjuritz.com

The first half of the evening dedicated to Baroque masterpieces, commenced with one of my favourites Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmuisik. Next came Chapentier’s Opening of the Te Deum, Handle’s Rejoice Greatly Messiah, Purcell’s Trumpet Suite, Pachelbel’s Canon, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 3 ending with Handle’s Let the Bright Seraphim, Eternal Source of Light Divine, accompanied by the pure, clear sounds of the trumpet played by Crispian Steele-Perkins and top soprano Rebecca Bottone.

The second half was devoted entirely to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and David gave us an interesting insight into each of the four movements before each one was played.  Spring begins with a bright opening, full of joy, birds singing, breezes then a rumble of thunder, lightening, back to little birds sleeping, gentle murmurs disturbed by a dog, ending with a country dance.  Summer is sweltering heat when everything is slowed down, sounds of the cuckoo, turtle dove, goldfinch, approaching storm as farmer panics worrying about his crops, plagued by insects - there’s a rumble and the storm strikes. Autumn is about hunting with dogs, excess alcohol and sleeping off its effects.  Winter is icy, shivering as the north winds blow, stamping feet to keep warm, teeth chattering, going into a warm house sitting by the fire as the rain falls against the window then runs down, ice-skating and falling over.

These explanations really did help us to understand what each section of each movement was meant to convey.  Four Seasons is one of the most recognisable pieces of classical music used in many TV commercials and films and I can now appreciate it even more.

This was one of the most relaxing and uplifting evenings that created a wonderful ambience and provided us with beautiful music.  Marvellous!

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye
08.11.13

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. This sounds like just what the doctor ordered. These tickets should be available on the NHS!
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